The National STEM Community Fund is an initiative of the STEM Engagement Working Group chaired by Esplora Interactive Science Centre on behalf of the Malta Council for Science and Technology. This scheme aims to bridge the gap between science and society by allocating funds to eligible organisations to carry out community-based STEM-related projects. Funded organisations need to engage with a researcher or STEM professional throughout the process of project development and execution. The Fund provides local communities with an opportunity to become more actively involved in STEM for the wellbeing of the community.
Schools and Resource Centres are eligible for this Fund. For the purpose of this Fund, STEM subjects are understood as life sciences, physical sciences including earth sciences, health science and environmental science, IT and computer science, engineering and mathematics. A community does not necessarily need to be defined by geographical location but is rather understood in the broad sense as a group of people sharing the same values and working towards the same goal.
The Esplora Team would like to advise teachers of Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools about the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts Concluding Seminar, which will be hosted at the Esplora Planetarium Hall on Tuesday 16th November 2021. Registrations starts at 8:30am.
How can we raise awareness on the importance of quality education, gender equality and life below water using the creative arts? The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Discover a variety of free educational resource packs based on 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals. These were developed as part of the Erasmus+ Project entitled ‘Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts’. The project focused on the use of Storytelling, Dance and Digital Games to raise awareness on quality education, gender equality and life below water.
ESPLORA has just launched a series of Educational Packs for Kinder 1, Kinder 2, Year 3 and Year 4. The Educator’s Packs provide valuable information pertaining to educational visits to the Interactive Science Centre. The packs include various pre and post-visit activities which can be used with students in class, or at home, before and after their visit to Esplora. Such pre- and post-activities are based on the Early Years and Primary Science/ Primary English curricula.
The Esplora Educator’s Packs and related resources can be downloaded from: https://esplora.org.mt/ category/educators-pack/. When visiting Esplora, state schools will benefit from the free transport scheme offered through the Ministry for Education. The Esplora School Education Programme offers a wide variety of on-site activities for all ages, from early years to secondary school students. The full list of activities on offer can be accessed through this link: https:// esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022.
The Esplora Education Programme for scholastic year 2021/2022 was launched during a press event organised at Esplora Interactive Science Centre. Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Frank Fabri, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Education, the Hon. Justyne Caruana, Minister for Education and the Hon. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation were present and delivered speeches during this launch. Esplora Interactive Science Centre offers a range of inspirational and engaging learning experiences for schools. These include science shows, workshops, planetarium films, 200+ interactive exhibits, exhibition gallery activity packs, artistic performances, events and CPDs for educators. The Education Programme is a great tool to use by educators who are planning a visit to Esplora with their students. The Education Programme can be downloaded from here: https://esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022/
Esplora Interactive Science Centre is pleased to offer online sessions for Early years and Primary school students. Due to the current pandemic, unfortunately school children cannot visit the Interactive Science Centre physically this year. To overcome this situation and offer an Esplora experience to school children, Esplora is now offering various sessions adapted to be held online with schools through Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Esplora mill-iskola sessions will be offered free of charge and upon confirmation through booking. These are offered on a first come first served basis for all schools on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Moreover, they are age-appropriate and with an approximate duration of 30 mins. Educators can refer to the information below, to be able to place a booking: esplora.org.mt.